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There are so many problems going on with tonight's game, and I don't even know where to start. I guess with Matsuzaka. Maybe this guy was making a statement outing tonight. "Hey Red Sox fans, you don't like how I nibble on the side of the plate? Fine. I'll throw some gyroballs right down the middle. I'll attack the strike zone. Then you'll see how smart you are." I don't know what it's going to be with this guy, but something has to change drastically. A pseudo-injury and Pawtucket stint where he can pitch to guys like Karim Garcia again like he did in Japan? Who knows. But this guy may simply not be good enough for the major leagues anymore.
At what point to the Red Sox say enough? Because tonight was embarrassing. This is probably his worst outing ever. I feel just as bad now (while the Rays score run #15) as I did after Thursday's game when I flipped out on this blog. I'm kinda hoping they can put another five on the board just so they can say they scored as many runs in Game 10 as they did in Games 1-9. As of right now, they'll have to settle for 43% of their total 2011 runs. Oh well.
A word from Eric Ortiz's article: Dice-K might be the best No. 5 starter ever. The Japanese right-hander is the only pitcher in the rotation who’s never been an All-Star, but this could be the year he ends that streak. Every Red Sox starting pitcher has something to prove. While the Phillies might be the popular choice as the best rotation in baseball, don’t be surprised if people are singing a different tune come October.
Other problems with this game that I have to spout off on:
-Kevin Youkilis: The Second Base Cup champion no longer gets the free pass around here.
-Red Sox fans: Your boy Varitek would not have saved Matsuzaka today.
-I heard on the rumor mill that during the Liverpool soccer game today, they played the Neil Diamond song about the 11-year-old girl. I hope we get some "What should I do?" Nike commercials next time I go to Fenway. Go Lebron.
The center fielder formerly known as 46 gets his own paragraph. People are going to kill Saltalamacchia for a passed ball tonight on a knuckleball that allowed a run to score. Well, they should instead be killing 46 for committing the three-base-error on a ball he hideously misjudged and couldn't use his one skill to make up for the fact that he can't concentrate. I am dumbfounded how a guy who's almost as fast as Brett Gardner can miss a ball that's up in the air for that long. I looked it up. Despite the fact that he only played 18 games last year due to a dubious rib injury, 46 has played 620 professional baseball games in his career. This doesn't even count college, high school, Little League, whatever. How many of those games do you think 46 was playing center field? Well, probably since anyone realized he was fast. You'd think by now he'd be okay at judging fly balls.
Well, he can't.
And I will say this myself right now as the biggest Coco Crisp apologist in the world. Coco Crisp was awful at judging fly balls. I don't know what it was, but he misjudged them all the freaking time. And I can't believe it, but...
46 might be worse. I don't know if it's a matter of him not caring about developing this skill because he figures he can make up for it with his speed or what. But he very well might be a below-average defender. You hear that "pound for pound" argument all the time; well, mile per hour for mile per hour, 46 is the worst defender I've ever seen. Over these ten games, I can already think about four instances where he has taken poor angles on the ball and either had to rely on his speed or straight-up miss the ball. The situation with that diving play where Remy was furiously covering for him? That one counts. By the way, way to go flat-out on that one, 46. Saw you put your knee down, just like I do while trying unsuccessfully to dive into a pool. Afraid of breaking your ribs again? You freaking wimp. Please go back to Pawtucket until you learn how to play baseball. Maybe it can be in September, when you can feast on minor league pitching again, you stiff. Nice garbage time home run tonight.